Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Let There Be T-Shirts!



I'm always looking for interesting ways to use my hand carved stamps. They are so versatile, and fun to work with. That's why I've been working hard on creating t-shirts with my stamp designs printed on them.


Hand dyed, hand block printed, using my hand carved stamps! My hands have been busy!
Each one is a bit different since I use a very non-scientific way of dying the shirts. They come out with beautiful shades and tints of the dye bath I'm using.


To check out what I've got available for sale right now, visit my shop Enchanting Stamps!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sunshine in a Jar


Chamomile and Calendula solar infused Coconut Oil. That's what we have here.
A beautiful blend of vibrant flowers and luscious oil. It truly does look like sunshine in a jar!
 Perfect for applying to any part of the body.

Here's what you'll need:
Dried Chamomile and Calendula (I get mine from Mt. Rose Herbs)
Coconut Oil
2 clean Glass Jars

Here's how it's made:
Fill a small jar half way with coconut oil, the other half with equal parts dried Chamomile and Calendula. If your oil is melted it's easiest the put the flowers in first then pour the oil over until the jar is filled. If your oil is solid, just spoon chunks of it in with the flowers. Seal the jar with a lid.
Now, find a sunny spot outside, and let the jar sit all day and night for 1-2 weeks. everyday you should shake the jar to disperse the flowers.
At night the oil will solidify and by mid-day will liquefy again.



Obviously, this method will only work during warmer times of the year. Your coconut oil needs to heat up to take in the essence of the calendula and chamomile flowers.



Once your oil has infused for a week or two you can strain out the flowers and discard them. put your oil into a clean glass jar. When it re-solidifies it will have a golden tone and smell of coconut, chamomile and calendula.

I love using this oil on my skin, even my face. It's a lovely moisturizer, and has the added benefits that the herbal flowers have imparted into it!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wildflowers


How to Mount your Rubber Stamps


If you'd prefer to use your hand carved rubber stamps with a wooden block attached, but aren't quite sure the best way to go about mounting them, then this is for you! 


Here's a step by step tutorial of how I mount my rubber stamps:



What you'll need:
Rubber Stamp
Wood, cut to size and sanded
Rubber Cement
A Pencil




Step 1:
Center your stamp on the wood.
Using a pencil, faintly trace around the stamp.



Step 2:
Apply a thin layer of Rubber Cement to both the back of the Rubber Stamp and the inside of your tracing on the wood. Note: Be sure that both are clean and dry before applying the adhesive.



Step 3:
Let these set for a minute or two. Then, lining up your outline with the underside of the Stamp, carefully adhere the two together.




Step 4:
Using something slightly heavy, such as extra wooden blocks or a book, weigh down the stamp to make sure the wood and stamp have a proper bond.
Let these sit for a few hours before using.

Options:
  You may want to print an image of your stamp onto the top of your block. Of coarse, this would need to be done before mounting the stamp. And, should be sealed with a spray lacquer to be sure the ink wont smudge with use and washing.
  A nice way to finish your block is with bees wax, or any other wax that you may purchase at a hardware store.
This gives the wood a nice finish, and seals it from moisture.

Now you've got a lovely Wood Mounted Stamp, ready to decorate paper, fabric, clay, or whatever you can dream up!